NBA playoff race: What happened on Wednesday night

Originally Published: April 11, 2018

The last night of the regular season is over, and playoff spots and seeds have been set.

What happened on Wednesday night as the season comes to an end? What are the playoff matchups? Here's a look at how it all went down.

New York Knicks 110, Cleveland Cavaliers 98

  • BPI favorite: Cavs (76.7 percent)
  • What happened: The Cavs needed a win and a Philly loss to the Bucks to get the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. That didn't happen despite LeBron James playing in his 82nd game of the regular season, so the Cavaliers will see the Indiana Pacers in a rematch of the 2017 quarterfinals.

Toronto Raptors 109, Miami Heat 116 (OT)

  • BPI favorite: Raptors (71.9 percent)
  • What happened: The Heat got 32 points from Wayne Ellington off the bench and came back from an 11-point deficit, denying Toronto their first 60-win season.  Since they own the tiebreaker over the Bucks, Miami gets No. 6 with a victory, combined with Milwaukee's loss to the Sixers. 

Washington Wizards 92, Orlando Magic 101

  • BPI favorite: Wizards (57.1 percent)
  • What happened: The Wizards will be the 8th seed in the East. But Washington split the season series against top seed Toronto, and they swept them in the 2015 quarterfinals.

Milwaukee Bucks 95, Philadelphia 76ers 130

  • BPI favorite: 76ers (68.8 percent)
  • What happened: Philadelphia enters the postseason on a 16-game win streak, earning the No. 3 seed in the process. Milwaukee's situation is more complicated. The Bucks might have wanted to finish No. 7, meaning they'd get the injury-depleted Celtics in Round 1. That is precisely what happened.

Denver Nuggets 106, Minnesota Timberwolves 112 (OT) 

  • BPI favorite: Wolves (65.2 percent)
  • What happened: For the first time in 14 years, Minnesota will participate in the postseason. The Timberwolves now owe the Hawks a lottery-protected first-round pick, so two teams are happy.

Timberwolves beat Nuggets in OT to end 14-year playoff drought

San Antonio Spurs 98, New Orleans Pelicans 122

  • BPI favorite: Pelicans (52.5 percent)
  • What happened: San Antonio drops to the 7th seed, where they will meet the Warriors in a rematch of the 2017 Western Conference Finals. The Pelicans will face the Trail Blazers as the No. 6 seed.

Memphis Grizzlies 123,  Oklahoma City Thunder 137

  • BPI favorite: Thunder (85.4 percent)
  • What happened: The Thunder got 20 rebounds from Russell Westbrook in an easy win, ensuring that Westbrook fnishes the season with back-to-back triple-double averages for the season. A Jazz loss puts the Thunder at No. 4.

Utah Jazz 93, Portland Trail Blazers 102

  • BPI favorite: Blazers (58.1 percent)
  • What happened: Portland gets the No. 3 seed, and will host New Orleans. The Jazz are No. 5 and will travel to Oklahoma City for Game 1.

2018 NBA quarterfinals matchups

Here's how the first round shapes up in each conference with the regular season in the books.

Western Conference

  • (1) Rockets vs. (8) Timberwolves
  • (2) Warriors vs. (7) Spurs
  • (3) Trail Blazers vs. (6) Pelicans
  • (4) Thunder vs. (5) Jazz

Eastern Conference

  • (1) Raptors vs. (8) Wizards
  • (2) Celtics vs. (7) Bucks
  • (3) 76ers vs. (6) Heat
  • (4) Cavaliers vs. (5) Pacers

Tuesday's results

Philadelphia 76ers 121, Atlanta Hawks 113

  • BPI favorite: 76ers (69.9 percent)
  • What happened: The Sixers won their 15th consecutive game and inched closer to claiming the No. 3 seed, as a win against the Bucks on Wednesday would seal their position.

Washington Wizards 113, Boston Celtics 101

  • BPI favorite: Wizards (55.0 percent)
  • What happened: The Nos. 6-8 seeds are still a toss-up among Washington, Miami and Milwaukee ... and it's a little complicated. With the win, the Wizards temporarily prevented themselves from dropping to No. 8 and facing the Raptors in the first round.

Utah Jazz 119, Golden State Warriors 79

  • BPI favorite: Warriors (50.6 percent)
  • What happened: After embarrassing the Warriors with the largest loss in the Steve Kerr era, the Jazz will turn their attention to Wednesday's matchup with the Trail Blazers, which will determine the No. 3 seed.



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